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19 Oct 2012

I tried moving to Debian

Yesterday I decided it was time to say goodbye to Ubuntu 12.04 and move to Debian Wheezy. This wasn’t due to the controversial changes Ubuntu made this release cycle, I don’t mind uninstalling a lens I find annoying. I couldn’t upgrade to 12.10 because the legacy fglrx drivers no longer work with kernel 3.5. I still wanted to try out something new though, hence Wheezy.

The installation went without a problem, but when I rebooted I got this:

Linux problems 1

I couldn’t even get to the root shell. Booting in recovery mode didn’t help as well. I even tried reinstalling the system without a graphical user interface, but the end result was the same. Seems like something was seriously wrong with the drivers, but because I couldn’t reach the shell I didn’t know what to do.

Back to Ubuntu

After a few hours I gave in and decided to reinstall Ubuntu 12.04. Everything went well until I installed all the updates and restarted the system. Instead of Ubuntu booting back up I got this lovely little message:

Linux problems 2

This was not a good day for Linux. Luckily the solution for this problem was easy - reinstall grub from a live CD. Now I seem to have a working system.